Introduction to Bothell, Washington

Bothell, Washington, in King county, is 6 miles E of Shoreline, Washington (center to center) and 12 miles NE of Seattle, Washington. The city is included in the Seattle - Bellevue - Everett metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 30,150 people lived in Bothell.

Bothell History

The Native American tribe known as the Sammamish were the original inhabitants of the region. The Puget Sound War in 1856 forced them to relocate. European settlements grew up in this region with the arrival of Columbus S. Greenleaf and George R. Wilson in 1870. Gradually a store, a school, and a sawmill were built in this area. George Brackett, one of the settlers, sold 80 acres of land to David Bothell in 1885. The first postmaster, who had purchased land from Bothell, decided to name the town after him. Logging remained the primary industry until the early 20th century. Bothell was incorporated on April 14, 1909. Post World War II, development speeded up in Bothell.

Bothell and nearby Attractions

  • Transportation Museum
  • Bothell Historical Museum Foundation
  • North Creek
  • Truly Ranch Shopping Center
  • Wayne Golf Course
  • Saint Edward State Park

Things To Do In Bothell

Bothell offers a variety of recreational activities that can be enjoyed by everyone. The Transportation Museum, which is housed in the Wickers Building, has interesting exhibits on various modes of transportation. The musuem also offers tours of the Interurban Car 55. The Woodland Park Zoo, Washington Park Arboretum, and Space Needle are entertaining for both adults and children. One can also take advantage of the trails along the Sammamish River Trail. In addition, sports enthusiast would be interested in the facilities at Wayne Golf Course. The Truly Ranch Shopping Center is a shopper’s paradise. The city also hosts the Country Village Harvest Festival and the Winterfest every year.

Bothell Transportation

The Boeing Field/King County International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Bothell Higher Education

Local institutes of higher education include the University of Washington-Bothell Campus, Western Seminary-Seattle Branch, and ITT Technical Institute. There are also other institutes nearby including Lake Washington Technical College and Edmonds Community College.


Total Population 41,207
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 12.1%
Employed Population 16+ 21,291
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 54%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45.9%
Median Earnings25+ $49,757
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,346
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,566


Median Family Income $101,872
% Above Poverty Level 92.1%
% Below Poverty Level 7.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 5.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 6.7%


People Living Alone 24.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,402
Median House Value $355,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.5%
US/American 0.4%
English 10.2%
Irish 11.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bothell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles E of Shoreline, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles NE of Seattle, Washington
County King
Standard Zip Codes 98011, 98012, 98021, 98028
P.O. Box Zip Codes 98041, 98082
Phone Area Codes 425
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.762
Longitude -122.204

Bothell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.9 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.9 inches
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 46 F
Apr Temp 41 to 58 F
Jul Temp 54 to 73 F
Oct Temp 43 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37.5 inches
Distance 21.1 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bothell, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Inglewood (98011)

Kennard Corner (98021)

Queensborough (98021)

Queensgate (98011)

Thrashers Corner (98021)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brier 6,443 $112,574
Kenmore 21,575 $102,262
Kirkland 84,721 $112,374
Lake Forest Park 13,059 $117,119
Mountlake Terrace 20,521 $74,170
Woodinville 11,373 $131,250

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Bothell High Schools

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18125 92 AV NE
Serves 1,578 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.6

18645 101 AV NE
A Non-traditional School
Serves 428 students.

A Non-traditional School
Serves 126 students.

A Special Education School
Serves 57 students.

12225 NE 160
Serves 6 students.

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